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  • Point Holden
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    Holden Caulfield In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield views the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no peace. "His anger turned to relentlessly unforgiving social scorn". (Coles) This perception of the world does not change significantly through the novel. However as the novel progresses, Holden gradually comes to the realization that he is powerless to change this. "Holden Caulfield had much going for him-a comfortable suburban life and a privileged educational background i...
  • Holden's Innocence
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    It is a fact of life that no one can remain young forever. Some teenagers cannot wait to grow up and get out on their own away from childish rules and parental limitations. For other teenagers the thought of the adult world conjures images of negativity and responsibilities such as going to work everyday, dealing with undesirable people, and being part of a stiff society. However, mediums do exist between these two contrasting worlds. Unfortunately, Holden Caulfield, an adolescent struggling wit...
  • Peculiar Boy Without Many Friends And Phoebe
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    The Struggling Boy The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is an enthralling and captivating novel about a boy and his struggle with life. The teenage boy, Holden, is in turmoil with school, loneliness, and finding his place in the world. The author J.D. Salinger examines the many sides of behavior and moral dilemma of many characters throughout the novel. The author develops three distinct character types for Holden the confused and struggling teenage boy, Ackley, a peculiar boy without many fr...
  • Characters Holden Caulfield Holden
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    The Title Holden sees his purpose as protecting children from a world that does its best to ignore them. He sees himself as "the catcher in the rye", saving kids from the unknown. Eventually, Holden realizes that he cannot protect children from the adult world and that they must grow up, and learn by making their own mistakes. Eventually, he will realize that he must enter the adult world too. The Characters Holden Caulfield Holden is both the main character and the narrator of the novel, everyt...
  • Phoebe Asked Holden
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    The Happy Catcher The Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger. This novel is about a boy, named Holden Caulfield, who goes through a very depressing time. In The Catcher in the Rye, there are significant items of the story such as, Jane, Allie's baseball mitt, the carousel, and the title of the novel. Jane Gallagher was significant in the story because she obviously meant a whole lot to Holden. No matter how depressed Holden was feeling, he would always feel better whenever he tho...
  • Holden And Phoebe
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    'Phillips 1 The Personalities and Emotions of Holden Caufield By: Wendy Phillips (Pearl River Community College) In the novel The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger tells of Holden Caufield's struggles in life. Holden is a somewhat troubled mind, who has very strong beliefs and thoughts. Holden has many problems going through adolescence. Holden is presented to the readers as being very different in a way that other characters were portrayed during the time period the novel was written. Everyone t...
  • Apparent Affection Between Phoebe And Holden
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    The Catcher in the Rye It is a worldwide known concept that communication among different people is a necessity of one's life if it is to be a happy one. Human companionship is something everyone will do anything for. Yet, some people have difficulties in communicating with others especially when they see problems among the people they try to communicate with. In this novel, "The Catcher in the Rye", the author, J.D. Salinger, illustrates the protagonist's difficulty in communicating with other ...
  • Evidence Through Her Character Of Holden's Rejection
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    Catcher in the Rye J. D Salinger's novel "Catcher in the Rye", focuses mainly on Holden Caulfield because he is the narrator and the novel is about his memory of characters and events throughout the story. These characters are more than just remembrances but actually help the reader to better understand Holden. Mr. Antolini, Phoebe, and Jane Gallagher are all characters that help fully characterize Holden. Mr. Antolini helps the reader better understand Holden's hasty judgments about characters ...
  • Holden As A Christ Like Figure
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    Catcher in the Rye By: Matthew J. Previts E-mail: Holden Caulfied: Saint, Snob, or Somewhere In-between? Although J.D. Salinger has only one novel to his credit, that novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is recognized as an exceptional literary work. The key to the success of The Catcher in the Rye is the main character, Holden Caulfield. There are many different critics that view Holden in many different ways. Some believe Holden to be a conceited snob, while others see Holden as a Christ-like figure...
  • Scared Holden
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    Holden Caulfield, the narrator and the main character of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, is a young adult, who, at first seems to simply describes his four day adventure in New York City after bring expelled from his forth school. However, at the same time he narrates more; through his many experiences, which he describes in the book, we can see the themes of the work. The theme that definitely stands out is the loss of innocence. Holden portrays himself as an individual, who does not w...
  • Holden And The Girl
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    Summary 'The Catcher in the Rye' is a story of a young sixteen year old boy named Holden Caulfield. Holden is telling this story in first person. Holden is a student of Penny Prep an all boys school in Pennsylvania. The book starts in a rest home in California. Holden flashback to four days before the beginning of Christmas vacation. Holden is going to pay a visit to Mr. Spencer, his history teacher. Mr. Spencer is sick in bed suffering from the grippe. While there Mr. Spencer talks to Holden ab...
  • Feelings Of Isolation Holden
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    Love, Affection, and Adulthood In J.D. Salinger's controversial 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, the main character is Holden Caulfield. When the story begins Holden at age sixteen, due to his poor grades is kicked out of Pencey Prep, a boys's chool in Pennsylvania. This being the third school he has been expelled from, he is in no hurry to face his parents. Holden travels to New York for several days to cope with his disappointments. As James Lundquist explains, "Holden is so full of despair ...
  • Holden's Representation Of The Complex Teenage Mind
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    Happy endings offered throughout novels are results of spiritual reassessments or moral reconciliation of specific characters. Considered as a more relaxed novel, Catcher in the Rye catches the spirit of the reader with its moral reconciliation, defining the book's meaning as a whole. Holden Cau field serves as the protagonist in the novel by J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye. Holden trudges through the book lonely, making assumptions of everyone's characters. Every character in this novel accor...
  • Holden Leaves Pencey
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    There are six parts to a plot of a book. These are the exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. I'm sure there is no set way to diagram "The Catcher in the Rye", but I believe the following is accurate. In the very beginning of "The Catcher in the Rye", we are given some background information on the setting and situation, and of course Holden Caulfield, the protagonist. We learn that Holden attends Pencey Preparatory, an elite college preparatory school in Ag...
  • Holden Calls Sally Hayes
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    Holden Caulfield, the narrator of The Catcher in the Rye, begins with the novel with an authoritative statement that he does not intent for the novel to serve as his life story. Currently in psychiatric care, this teenager recalls what happened to him last Christmas, the story which forms the narrative basis for the novel. At the beginning of his story, Holden is a student at Pencey Prep School, irresponsible and immature. Having been expelled for failing four out of his five classes, Holden goe...
  • Holden Caulfield
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    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is an intriguing story. It contains marvelous character portraits, a psychological analysis of the process of growing up, and many more qualities. This book has many interesting characters and plot lines, which you will discover as you read along. The three main settings are Pencey Prep, D. B's room, and the zoo. Pencey Prep is the high school that Holden has just been kicked out of. A few of the chapters take place here. D. B's room is Holden brother's ro...
  • Holden's Sentimental Feelings About Childhood
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    Holden is by far the most complex character in the book. He serves three major purposes in the novel. Firstly, he stands as a critic of society, taking a stance against phoniness, hypocrisy, obscenity, and passiveness. Secondly, he is an adolescent, caught between the worlds of childhood and adulthood. In this position, he demonstrates the need for maturity as well as the need for honesty and integrity. In relationship to the plot of the novel, Holden stands as a sort of anti-hero. He makes no l...
  • Strong Relationship Between Holden And Phoebe
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    The Catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger How mature do you consider Holden to be? The main character of the book, 'The Catcher in the Rye', Holden, is a character full of contrasts. On the one hand he often comes across as an immature young teenager, but also sometimes as someone who is far beyond their years. From first to last Holden is very contradictory in the way he portrays himself and we are left confused as to whether he is indeed the mature character he wants to be or whether he is just ...
  • Holden's Attachment To The Hunting Hat
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    Many authors have noted that almost every swear word in the English language is used freely in this novel except for the word "shit", which never occurs. Instead of saying "bullshit" (a word which was not uncommon in the 1950s), Holden instead says "shoot the bull". The only plausible explanation for this is simply to add to the realism of the story-Holden himself has some reservations with regard to obscenity. Holden's attachment to the hunting hat can be seen in his early description of it: "T...
  • Holden's Dreams
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    In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield's innocence is taken away through a twisted chain of events. The novel opens up with Holden depresses after flaking out of Pene cy, the suicide of a classmate, and the death of his brother, Allie. Because if these tragic events, Holden tries to preserve his innocence and the purity of the children around him. Holden wants to? catch? all of the na? ve children who are falling off the cliff into adulthood. As a result of Holden coming acr...

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